NEW DELHI - Ministry of External Affairs said it was in touch with the “concerned” authorities to get details of the midnight raid allegedly led by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti which it termed was “condemnable” even as a second African woman filed a plea in a court seeking registration of FIR in the case. “It is a matter of concern and the government is committed to share the details of the case with Uganda and other African countries,”
MUMBAI - Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-partner of French President Francois Hollande, arrived in India on Jan.27 on a charity mission despite an announcement two days earlier that the couple have split.
Trierweiler will promote a French charity in her first public appearance since it emerged that Hollande was having an affair with a French actress. She arrived at Mumbai international airport on an Air France flight just after midnight from Paris for the mission organised by...
EIJING - India and China are set to pursue an “ambitious agenda” utilising strategic openings and deal with the unresolved issues in a purposeful manner with a sense of urgency, according to new Indian Ambassador Ashok K Kantha. His comments at the flag hoisting ceremony, outlining India’s commitment to pursue “multifaceted partnership” with China, came as there is sense...
SINGAPORE - The Singapore government has introduced a new bill in Parliament that will give police special powers to maintain public order in Little India, the scene of the worst riot in 40 years in the country that led to the deportation of 56 Indians. The proposed law would allow police and other state agencies to enforce alcohol restrictions and regulate movement of persons in Little India, Deputy Prime Minister...
NEW DELHI - Nepal on Jan 16 said it won’t allow any anti-India elements, including don Dawood Ibrahim, to stay in its territory. Asked whether Dawood, India’s most wanted terrorist, has set up base in the Himalayan nation, Ghimire said his country would not allow such persons to stay.
NEW DELHI - The Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Jan 18 called all African envoys here for a meeting to assure them about Government’s intention to take appropriate action regarding the “condemnable” incident of Jan 17 evening involving Ugandan nationals in Delhi. They were also informed that a single point office was being established at Delhi Police Commissioner’s office, specifically to address complaints from foreign nationals.
NEW DELHI - Strongly backing the Afghan-led peace process, India on Jan 17 called for a cautious approach to bring peace to Afghanistan, saying execution of any initiative with “inadequate preparation” could be “dangerous” for the war-ravaged country. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said India supports the efforts being made to begin an “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led” peace process and hoped that it will help in reconciliation among various groups.
LONDON - Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been named as the most admired person on the planet with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fifth on a list of 30 people compiled after a poll in 13 countries, including India. The ‘World’s most admired people poll’ was conducted by YouGov for The Times by surveying almost 14,000 people in Great Britain, France, Germany,
NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Jan 12 congratulated Sheikh Hasina after she was sworn-in as Bangladesh’s Prime Minister and voiced hope that bilateral cooperation will be further strengthened in coming months. The Prime Minister, who telephoned Hasina conveyed that India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with Bangladesh. The Prime Minister has sent a message of felicitation to Hasina and “also called her on the telephone to convey his good wishes to her on assumption...
SINGAPORE - A Singaporean of Indian origin was on Jan 6 spared the noose after being sentenced to death for drug offences in Oct 2012. Subashkaran Pragasam, 29, was re-sentenced instead to life in prison and 15 strokes of the cane by the Singapore High Court under an amended law relating to drug trafficking. Pragasam is the second convicted drug offender to be spared the death sentence. A 30-year-old Malaysian drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong was re-sentenced to life in prison and caning in Nov last year.